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Palais de Chine Hotel
Ranked #44 of 571 Hotels in Taipei
San Francisco, California
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“great stay”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

great hotel, stay here for 6 nights, good service, room is clean and nice, location is great

only suggestions:
- should provide free wifi,
- should make light feature easier to use, too many controls
- not too convenience to access from road side to hotel lobby.
In early morning, you do not get much helps from doorman.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Tip 1: Hotel check-in is 3pm!

Tip 2: HOW TO GET THERE? HOW TO GET TO Palais De Chine. This is the question for people who just arrived Taipei therefore I am going to give you the best tip ever.

If you are getting in by Taipei Rail or Taipei High-Speed Rail, the first thing you need to look out for are the signs up on the ceiling in the railway station or metro. Just like other big railway stations in the world, there are always exit numbers. So what you need to look out for is exit Y3 + Civic Boulevard/ Civic Blvd (in short). Keep looking for those two signs and you will walk past many many shops in the underground that you might think you are lost but no! You keep going and then somehow you will find an escalator to go up, beside the escalator, there are stretch of soft drinks and food dispenser machines. If your there, you are on the right track.

You somehow will be in Qsquare or heading towards Qsquare but the signs will keep saying Y3/QSquare, so keep following the sign and you will reach a brightly litted mall after you got up to the main level from the escalator. From there, you will find an exit and you are definitely on the Civic Boulevard street, head towards the exit and turn right. You will see iTaipei but keep going and turn right. I know it sounds confusing but just keep following the right signs. Sorry to say there won't be any signs saying 'this way to Palais De Chine'

Tip 3: There is only one problem with the hotel room in this hotel, it is the light switches. There are so many light switches in the hotel room that its not funny. You will have to figure out which switch belongs to which and it confuses the shock out of you if you wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. The light in the bathroom is sensor light so meaning that if you step closer to the bathroom, the light will switch itself on. Good luck in playing with switches! haha!


Tip 4: We found a really good night market around the railway station which is call Ning Xia road night market. Highly recommended everyone to go if they are interested with street food. Just have to turn right when you come out of the apartment. and keep going straight and you will find signs to Ning Xia road/street.

Tip 5: NO FREE WIFI available. Its 100 Taiwan dollar/hourly.

Tip 6: Also take note that Taipei is a very restless city, it still gets very noisy outside in the middle of the night. I suggest you don't book into this hotel if you are worried about noisiness. However the block-out curtain was really good, it blocks out all the morning light.

Tip 7: Bathtub and bedroom area are really clean. We are very satisfied and will definitely come back and stay.


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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 3 nights. Room is spacious and clean. Light is a bit dim to create a romantic ambience. Buffet breakfast and lunch are pretty good. Location is good. However, the downside is though it offers wifi connection, there is no wifi reception at all in my room. Pretty strong wifi in the lobby and restaurants.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Location:
Good location (in the Western part of Taipei) and next to the main transport hub of Taipei (train, MRT & bus stations). However, it’s a good 15-20 minute trip by car to Taipei 101 (which is in the trendier part of Taipei). There’s a shopping mall next to the hotel with a decent food court in the lower level. Try to explore the surrounding areas for street food.

Service:
Check in was prompt and friendly by the English-speaking staff. However, there were renovations at the main entrance of the hotel and with the taxi having to drop us by the main road, there was a bit of hassle having to drag our luggage into the hotel. Breakfast selection has a good variety and high standards and for vegetarians, the salad selection is superb.

Interior of hotel:
Sumptuous and opulent interiors in neo-classical European style with some modern touches (some may find it a bit quirky and eccentric - in a good way, I think). However, the interiors (main lobby & the corridors) are a bit dark – dark wood wall panels, dark coloured carpeting decorated with statues (including a life-sized horse in the ground floor entrance area) and lighted with chandeliers. Main entrance is on the ground floor and the lobby is on the 6th floor. Did not use the swimming pool / gym but was informed that it is not within the hotel itself and requires quite a walk, including taking an elevator to the 8th floor.

Rooms:
Would recommend paying a bit more for the Deluxe Room (37 square meters), which is slightly larger and more comfortable than the Superior room. The rooms are clean, generally larger than the norms in Taipei, well appointed. Good quality and various types of premium Chinese tea bags are provided – that’s what Taiwan is famous for. However, the room has an open concept where a round bathtub is located next to the room door and the wash basin within the room itself except for, thankfully, the WC (automatic - Japanese style) and the shower room having their own cubicles. Bed was comfortable and housekeeping within expectations. Complained to the front desk about the shower head not working properly (it was leaking and the shower strength was weak) but nothing was done throughout my stay.

Overall, it was a good (and interesting, especially with the interiors) stay and I would recommend this hotel. And its reasonably priced too.

Room Tip: Try to upgrade to the Deluxe room, which is bigger than the Superior room and more comfortable too.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Stayed in this property for 3 nights.
Location was excellent, right on top/next to the transport hub of Taipei (Taipei main station MRT/HSR/TRA/Intercity buses).

I really like the interior decor and the general ambience of the place. Service was relatively good but with room for improvement. I would like to commend The reception staff for a smooth check in/check out and specifically, Joyce, from concierge for her enthusiasm and service with a smile. However, the let down came on the final day of my stay (after check out), where the concierge did not even offer to take my luggage or arrange a taxi for me even though I told them I was heading for the airport and I had with me 4 pieces of luggage which I was clearly struggling with.

The room that I was staying in was clean, suitably sized and well appointed. Really liked the open concepts, the unique round tub and the premium toilet amenities. The ebutler service was a great touch but fails to work properly at times. The air condition either wasn't working properly or needs to be tuned especially with the heat during summer (room temp remained at 25-26 deg Celsius throughout even though I set temp control to be at 16 deg Celsius).

The swimming pool is not located within the hotel but rather it requires you to walk out of the building, round the corner and up the elevator to the 8th floor where u will share the pool with a private gym club. Do note that swimming caps are required for entry into the pool.

It was a good experience in general but falls short of 5 star excellence.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Let me just say this right out. Because I fixated on it for my whole stay. What is up with the round bathtub? Yes, apparently every room as a round bathtub (you'll be glad to hear I queried colleagues of mine on this, not simply random lobby guests). And it's dark. really pretty dark in the rooms. And there's this sort of semi-retro cool vibe but not quite. And the bar closes insanely early. I mean the simple concept of "just having drink" seems antithetical.

BUT...you should stay here. There's a kind of grandeur about the place. The lobby flowers, the cheerfully pleasant staff, the great food (yes, really). The beds are comfortable, and that darkness makes it easy to sleep. My regret is not spending more time in that bed. And as far as the round bathtub, here's the deal - you have enough hot water to fill it and practice your backstroke (okay, you have to be quite short to do that, but you get my point). It works in an odd way. The shrimp dumplings are outstanding, the dry-fried spicy chicken lives up to its name the beef noodle soup is great and the breakfast is delightful. So, why not I say? Why not?

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Puchong, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Stayed here from 22-25 May 2013 and I must say it does not match up to the Renaissance grandeur it is trying so hard to portray. Here are a few comments for your consideration:
(1) Located just next to the Taipei Bus Station and connected to TRA, TSHR, MRT and that makes traveling around extremely convenient.
(2) Just beside the hotel is a nice shopping center with a whole floor on Basement 3 filled with inexpensive eateries from western to oriental food.
(3) Lobby is on the 6th floor, served by 6 lifts throughout the building. However, the swimming pool and sauna is about 200 metres away, meaning, one would have to get out of the hotel from the ground floor and walked to another building, take a lift again to arrive at a shared club. You will need proper swimming costume or trunks, and head gear (caps) to be permitted to use the pool. As hotel guest, no entrance fee is required but remember ti bring your room access card. Towels provided.
(4) The rooms are designed for young and mature couples; there are no doors (just curtains) to shield one from others and to get onto the circular bathtub (not a jacuzzi though), it is at least 1.5 feet high to lift your leg over.
(5) The rooms are gloomy and dark by design, and the working desk is wired with the LCD TV with HDMI cables and expensive sound system. The bed is cosy with nice and fluffy mattress and pillows.
(6) The glass door separating the balcony and room is permanently lock and one must sign an undertaking if they want it open.
(7) No hotel room slippers are allowed in the coffee house on the 6th floor.
(8) For NT5,000 plus a night with breakfast, I believe choices are abound.

Room Tip: Near elevators and facing the back of the hotel.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Palais de Chine Hotel
Address: No.3 Sec 1, Chengde Road, Taipei 103, Taiwan
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Location: Taiwan > Taipei
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 Luxury Hotel in Taipei
#23 Business Hotel in Taipei
#35 Romantic Hotel in Taipei
#45 Family Hotel in Taipei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Palais de Chine Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 286
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palais de Chine, operated by L'Hotel de Chine Group, is an internationally recognized five-star hotel. We serve local and international business tourists by offering an oasis of artistic beauty and culture, along with a personal touch. Palais de Chine is located west Taipei center and sits at the hub of five transport avenues. Elegant and functional guest rooms decorated in European and neo-classical design are equipped with electronic virtual butler, communication facilities and AV equipments. Whether for leisure or business, Palais de Chine offers our guests with a comfortable and efficient environment. The hotel's theme dining includes exquisite Chinese and western restaurants, elegant French-style teahouse, and a bar. The hotel's staff is professionally trained and provides customers services of the highest standard. All members provide guests with one-stop service, and respond to all guests' requests within 24 hours. "Guests first, no matter when or where" is the service motto of. ... more   less 
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